Heading out to the woods can be an enjoyable or dangerous venture. All will depend on how prepared you are for your trip. John Mead Gould’s How to Camp Out is a classic 1877 survival guide full of tips regarding clothing, equipment, cooking, shelter and more. Gould’s book, much of which is based on his experiences during the Civil War, is one of the earliest—if not the earliest—manuals published in the United States describing how to survive comfortably in the wilderness. 136 pages, softcover.